What Is A Sports Chiropractor?

Dr. Geoff Gelley is the only chiropractor in Winnipeg who has achieved the designation of a Chiropractic Sports Specialist as a Fellow of the Royal Canadian College of Sports Sciences (FRCCSS).

Chiropractic Sports Specialists keep active Canadians at their best by treating neuromusculoskeletal dysfunction (bones, muscles, and nerves). Using chiropractic manipulation (adjustments), soft tissue therapies, modalities and rehabilitative measures, Sports Chiropractors aim to restore and enhance the body’s neuromusculoskeletal system for peak performance.

Chiropractic Sports Specialists are experts in the diagnosis and treatment of sport related injury. They are proficient in injury prevention and rehabilitation measures, and have a sound knowledge base of return-to-play criteria.

What Is The RCCSS(C)?

The Royal College of Chiropractic Sports Sciences is the national governing organization for Sports Chiropractic in Canada. The RCCSS(C) is an educational & coordinating organization and acts as the regulatory college for Chiropractic Sports Specialists.
Serving elite athletes has led the RCCSS(C) to affiliations with many organizations, including the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) and Canadian Sport Centres. The RCCSS(C) is one organization in the Olympic Service Provider Expert Group, advising the COC on healthcare policy development and provider selection for various international games.

RCCSS(C) members have been working with Canada’s athletes for over 20 years as part of Canada’s Core Health Care Team. The RCCSS(C) strongly believes in keeping the needs of the athlete as their top priority. Recognizing the diverse skill set chiropractors bring to the team environment, many national sport organizations include sports chiropractors as part of their medical services team.

In 2010, The College of Chiropractic Sports Sciences was granted permission by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth to use the designation of Royal in their title after it had met stringent criteria including its devotion to scientific causes and the field of sports health care in Canada. Since 1952, only 45 organizations have earned the “Royal” distinction.

Education & Residency

Doctors of Chiropractic can apply to the RCCSS(C) post-graduate sports fellowship program and, if accepted, enter into an intensive program which includes practical on-field training, academic focus in sports healthcare, and other related criteria that prepare them to serve as experts in the sports health care system.

Once the program requirements are completed, resident doctors have the opportunity to sit for the Fellowship examination. If successful, they earn the distinction of  'Fellow of the Royal College of Chiropractic Sports Sciences (Canada)', denoted as FRCCSS(C).


Chiropractic sports specialists primarily treat neuromusculoskeletal dysfunction conditions. They are recognized as the primary providers of spinal and peripheral joint manipulation and adjusting techniques in the world of sports.
Athletic performance may be inhibited by postural and muscular imbalances as well as overuse and misuse syndromes. Many of today’s athletes utilize a sports chiropractor to prevent injury and to improve biomechanical and neuromuscular function with the ultimate goal of enhancing performance. Chiropractic Sports Specialists are ideally suited to help athletes handle these challenges and reach their full potential in today’s competitive environment.
The Royal College of Chiropractic Sports Sciences (Canada) is dedicated to the advancement of chiropractic to the highest standard in the evaluation, treatment, and rehabilitation of sports injuries and to the promotion of chiropractic sports sciences through education, research, and professional relations.